SAU students joined in South Asia Policy Dialogue on Regional Cooperation for Food security

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South and South-West Asia epitomizes the challenge of food security, both in terms of the present gaps and future challenges for its population. Food insecurity and hunger are enormously prevalent within the sub-region and is evidence of the utter lack of inclusive development. Even more worrisome is the fact that progress in achieving food security has stalled, in spite of improvements in other dimensions of economic prosperity.

 

The ESCAP-South and South-West Asia Office based in New Delhi, in partnership with ESCAP headquarters and the ESCAP Centre for Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) based in Bogor, Indonesia, organized the South Asia Policy Dialogue on Regional Cooperation for Strengthening National Food Security Strategies on 13 and 14 August 2013 at Hotel Tajmahal in New Delhi.

 

The Policy Dialogue is also being convened as part of the United Nations Development Account project entitled “Strengthening regional knowledge networks to promote the effective implementation of the United Nations development agenda and to assess progress”, which ESCAP is implementing in Asia and the Pacific. The project aims to build upon existing networks to create a regional knowledge network of food security experts and policy makers, and to ultimately provide a virtual platform that will be available to all to facilitate the sharing of ideas and good practices to enhance food security. Food security experts from Governments, research organizations, regional and international organizations and civil society from five countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) are expected to take part in the Dialogue.

 

As a first International University and emerging leading institution of this region, a 15 young group of scholars from South Asian University joined this conference and shared their thought about food security with high level policy makers along with experts from south Asia and renowned international institutions like UN ESCAP, SAARC, FAO, IFPRI, UNDP, CAPSA, GDN etc. Alauddin Mohammad, a second year masters student of Development Economics, who was working as an Economic Affairs Intern at UN ESCAP coordinated the delegates from South Asian University.

 

SAU President Professor G.K. Chadha presided over the First Session of the two day long dialogue titled “High-level panel on regional cooperation for food security in South Asia”.

 

The Chief Economist of UN ESCAP and the Director of Subregional Office for South and South East Asia appreciated the thoughtful questions from SAU students and thanked them for enriching the program with their enthusiastic presence.

 

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